“What the poem says, it does.” (Alain Badiou)
“I alone create a product that society does not want.” (Mallarmé)
” ‘Poets, Mallarmé wrote, must take back what is ours. They must sing of heroes with no name — the Figure that is None (la Figure que Nul n’est).’ This declaration is close to the ground zero of modernist abstraction.” (Alex Ross, New Yorker).
“One cannot avoid the days / Parading by in all their carnage.” (John Weiners)
“There is exactly not enough money in the world.” (Michael Klein)
“I am brought to remember Orpheus, who did not sing ABOUT hell; he was IN hell, and sang there, leading the way out.” (Denise Levertov)
“When you’ve seen them all you’ve seen One.” (Ferlinghetti)
(Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.)